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Dahlia by Yamino Dahlia by Yamino
Apparently, yesterday Ace Attorney fandom was celebrating “Diego Day” aka “Punch Dahlia In the Face Day” (their words, not mine) because she canonically poisoned him on August 27th. Shows how little I care about Diego, I hadn’t remembered that date at all. XD

I can’t help but feel more sympathetic for Dahlia. Diego is always glamorized as a gentleman despite being insufferably condescending to women. But Dahlia is really harshly judged by most AA fans, because she was the enemy of their favorite characters. People commonly overlook the childhood abuse she suffered which shaped her into who she became. Her history was a complex and tragic.

This is for Dahlia, who is so often mischaracterized as a shallow, maniacal murder. For Dahlia, who was unabashedly cruel to a world that treated her cruelly.
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I'll start with the drawing itself: The colors you used were really relaxing, and with the background really pops her character more. She is drawn very simple but the small things - details on the dress, shading on her body, and the way the hair is at the ends is a really nice touch. The Dahlia in the back is even more stunning. It's a two-dimensional, clean, and fine drawing.

I'm really attracted to her eyes and expression. The simple blush you added to her cheeks and shining tears makes it even stronger. In the back one, she is wearing her Kurain outfit, and you see her ripping off her Magatama, as she wants to separate herself from all of it; the main family, the village, the fact her mother didn't value them without the powers. And then with the upfront one, you see her how she is now. The dress, her own person, and that look of maybe suffering, tribulation, and acceptance.

As for the concept itself, I generally like when Dahlia is represented this way, especially in art. However, I do feel that she is not redeemable, as in the end, there are no regrets. The only regrets she has is how she carried out her plans. When she had mentioned that she had merely found Iris annoying and persuaded their father to drop her off at Kurain, was that point I realized that that's how much she was distant from people, that she lacked that thing of 'love'.

Her selfishness in wanting the jewel herself, all of the lives she affected... it was such a domino effect (I do admire the creators for that in the game, but anyway) - Dahlia is a complex character. She is heavily disliked for obvious reasons. I dislike her personality, of course; and all that she did to Mia, Godot, Phoenix, etc. But I feel that people don't look farther than that like you had.

It's a really great art piece, and you did a really great job with it in all areas.
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As the one before me stated, I love how you looked into her past, present and future for this picture. At the point in the game where who channeled her spirit was revealed, I cheered silently, but it must have killed her. I also like how ghost Dahlia's hair is blood, which flies back (as if in a headwind) to make your signature. The 2-d picture of Dahlia in Maya's body makes the most impact, like the one before me said, she's tearing off the magatama necklace and discarding any connection to the Fey families, who just ignored her only because she couldn't be a true Fey spirit medium. 5/5 on everything, because it is just a beautiful picture...
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Anglophile1138 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Brilliant art; it definitely captures the more (read: only) human aspect of Miss Hawthorne. Very elegant and dramatic!

Quite honestly, I'd argue that she is THE most evil character in the series, but also one of the most complex and deep (even if they don't really explore it at great length in the actual story). Still... while her upbringing probably played a big role in making Dahlia the psychopath she was, a significant part of that monster was there to begin with.

And yeah, Armando IS a tad overrated.
TheAwesomeMooMoo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Punch Dahlia In The Face Day?"

misterygirlsoyeah Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
i love dahlia, she's so cool, i kinda feel sorry for her :)
Neo-Byzantium Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Though I hate that Dahlia was evil and cruel and committed numerous crimes, I too feel bad for the abuse she suffered as a child. Her mother forced her into spiritual training against her will and THEN her father in my opinion likely abused her physically, verbally and sexually. Abuse from her dad is probably what made her into the murderess everyone hates. 

Like many of her fans, I too wish that there was some way her soul could be saved and she could find redemption. I often wonder who she could've become had it not been for the abuse she suffered as a child. She probably would've in my mind become a good hearted Tsundere and used her charm and cunning to help people.

Qydra Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm surprised there's a hatedom for Dahlia.  I think she's one of those villains I love to hate.  She is a complex, frightening, and awesome antagonist.  And you did her justice here!
SHUTTHEFUCKUPNOW Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
holy shit , this is brilliant !
redheadhawthorne Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
As always, your art is absolutely glamorous. Thank you.
Akariosa Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A lot of people have tragic lives, but not all of them become murderers. It's still not okay, no matter the reason.
Manzor Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Despite our past, all of us can choose our future. Dahlia chose wrong.

Great art, by the way.
Aurora-Bri Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Dahlia is my favorite ace attorney character :) like you said, she has a tragic and intresting history. i really like this drawing of her, nice work!
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